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11:35 PM ET, February 6, 2019

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Jeff PassanESPN / ESPN:
Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game  —  Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a collective bargaining agreement …
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Dave Sheinin / Baltimore Sun:
MLB considering drastic rule changes that could speed up games and create universal DH  —  The Washington Post  —  Major League Baseball and its union have had substantive discussions in recent days over a series of proposals, among the most drastic proposed changes in years …
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
MLB rule changes are wise - but be careful what you wish for  —  Evolution is inevitable, and good, and that can even apply to baseball.  —  Change once came in drips, but two decades of innovation on the backfields and batting cages and boardrooms has flooded the diamond.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB, union discussing dramatic rule changes  —  Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing major rule changes that would impact the league on and off the field, an official with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Report: MLB, players considering sweeping rules changes for 2019 season
Discussion: New York Times and Bleacher Nation
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Three-batter requirement for all pitchers, universal DH part of proposals that could bring big change to baseball
Rob Longley / Toronto Sun:
‘EVERYBODY LOVES HIM’: New Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo brings passion, personality to rebuilding team  —  TUCSON, Ariz. — You are about to know him as an energetic man with a quick smile and even quicker wit, a baseball lifer committed to mining the best out of those who surround him.
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Yahoo Canada / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Bryce Harper's fit with Blue Jays isn't a fan fever dream
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
Randy Miller / Associated Press:
MLB rumors: New suitor for Bryce Harper; Front-runner for Manny Machado?  Phillies in on J.T. Realmuto?  —  RHP Jake Barrett  —  Adrian Beltre, 3B  —  Advance Local  —  Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 5/25/18) …
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Jason Rollison / Bucs Dugout:
Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Nick Franklin to a Minor-League Deal  —  The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed infielder Nick Franklin to a minor-league deal with an invitation to Spring Training  —  The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced a minor league deal (with an invite to ST) with INF Nick Franklin.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
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Andrew Seligman / Associated Press:   Outfielder Brandon Guyer agrees to a minor-league deal with the White Sox
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
White Sox, Brandon Guyer Agree To Minor League Deal
Dan Albano / Orange County Register:
Orange Lutheran's Kyle Ford shows his passion for USC, signs with the Trojans  —  ORANGE - Kyle Ford's commitment to USC faced a few tests on the journey to National Signing Day on Wednesday.  —  First, Trojans' heralded new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury departed to coach …
Associated Press:
Yanks' Clint Frazier feeling good after concussion cut short 2018 season  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Clint Frazier showed no hesitation chasing down a fly ball on the warning track and hit batting practice drives well over the left-field fence, appearing to have recovered from the concussion that decimated his 2018 season.
Matthew Florjancic / WKYC-TV:
Former Indians catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards  —  Former Cleveland Indians catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th Greater Cleveland Sports Awards ceremony.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
After injury-devastated season, Dustin Pedroia plots his comeback for Red Sox  —  CHANDLER, Ariz. — Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, sitting on the weight bench in the gym of his palatial home, is restless, rubbing his hands together, chugging another bottled water …
Discussion: NESN.com
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Pirates To Sign Tom Koehler  —  The Pirates have agreed to a minor-league deal with righty Tom Koehler, per Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic (via Twitter).  It will not include an invitation to MLB Spring Training.  —  The lack of a spring invite isn't really an indication of Koehler's ability level …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Cubs' last hurrah on WGN-TV could be a tearjerker  —  WGN-TV celebrated the 70th anniversary of its first Cubs' broadcast on April 16, 2018.  —  Chicago Tribune  —  What's expected to be the last Cubs game on WGN-TV is scheduled for Sept. 27, a Friday night game in St. Louis starting the final series of the 2019 season.
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs invite 27 non-roster players to spring training  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The Cubs have invited 27 non-roster invitees to spring training.  —  Only three of those players are catchers, but Francisco Arcia plans to get a healthy look as the Cubs look for experience behind starter Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini.
Coley Harvey / ESPN:
Yankees' Aaron Judge would welcome fellow right fielder Bryce Harper  —  As Bryce Harper's free agency trudges along, New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge was asked about what it might take to bring the left-handed hitter — who plays the same position as Judge — to the Bronx.
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Wallace Matthews / New York Daily News:
Yankees are content without Manny Machado or Bryce Harper, says Aaron Boone: 'We're a complete team'
 
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